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Playwright-performer S.E. Grummett is bringing ‘queer silliness’ to this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival

Told through live video, puppetry, and clown, Grumms’ semi-autobiographical solo show Something in the Water wields your typical monster transformation plot as a metaphor for coming out as transgender.

By Eve Beauchamp / Oct 16, 2023
Production photo from Next Stage Festival production iPhoto caption: ECHO production photo by

Inside this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival programming

A unique selection of dance, sketch comedy, musical theatre, and drama will play from October 18 to October 29 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

By Liam Donovan / Oct 10, 2023
iPhoto caption: Next Stage Festival 2019. Photo by Paula Sanderson.

Colder than COLD-VID: Reflections by 4 Isolating Next Stage Alumni on Their Time with the Festival

Next Stage isn't happening this year. Like most arts festivals, it's been halted by COVID. In this peculiar time of rest, many theatres have been re-evaluating their practises, seeing who they've left out of the programming and how they may better serve their communities.

By Aaron Jan / Oct 1, 2020
iPhoto caption: Ophira Calof in Literally Titanium. Photo courtesy Next Stage Festival.

A Different Kind of Hustle

New stories require a new framework. What does it mean to create a performance that truly works for a Disabled body, on its terms?

By Ophira Calof / Jan 6, 2020